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How to vote as a teacher

The Laugh Out Loud Awards 2017 shortlist has been announced, and we need your votes! If you’re a teacher, you can vote on behalf of every child in your classroom – read on to find out how!

Voting as a teacher is a slightly different process to voting as a parent or a child, because we wanted to give you the opportunity to make sure every child in your classroom has their say. So, you can either cast a single vote for your personal favourite book, or you can place a vote on behalf of the pupils in your class or school.

If you’ve held a vote in your school and you’re voting on your pupils’ behalf, simply enter the amount of votes each book received in the dropdown box you’ll see. You can add up to 35 votes per age category.

You don’t have to be a Book Fair or Book Club organiser to participate in the vote but you and your school will need to be registered with us. It takes just a couple of minutes to sign up and it’s completely free – head here to sign up now.

If you’re ready to start the voting process, just click the ‘Vote now!’ button below. Or read on for our quick guide to using the Lollies books in your classroom.

1. Choose which books best suit your class

The Lollies are divided into three separate awards: there is a Picture Books category, a 6-8 years category and a 9-13 years category. Take a look at all twelve shortlisted books, and then choose the four books which are most appropriate for your class. As a loose guide, we would suggest: Picture books: Preschools and nurseries, Reception, Year 1, Year 2 6-8 years: From Year 2 through to Year 5 9-13 years: From Year 5 upwards

2. Activity sheets

These are the kinds of books children should be excited about – they’re fun, not work! So, we’ve created a series of free, downloadable activity sheets for all twelve books you can use to build enthusiasm and get children looking forward to getting stuck into the stories. Perfect for using in class or at home.

3. Lesson plans

These books are great fun to teach, we promise! If you’d like to use the books in more detail then every shortlisted book comes with its own expertly conceived lesson plan, with information on how they fit into the national curriculum and how you can incorporate them into your teaching schedules. They’re all free and take seconds to download – you’ll be able to find them all here in plenty of time for the autumn term.

4. Get reading!

There are plenty of ways to introduce the Lollies books in class! They would be great read aloud to the class as a whole, or given as reading group activities for smaller, more advanced readers. If you have focused groups for those who struggle with reading, these funny, light-hearted books are a great tool for engaging even reluctant readers. Your students will love having the choice on who you vote for and maybe even who wins!

5. Add them to your library

Alternatively, if they don’t fit into your teaching schedule, order some for your school library and have a ballot box where children can vote for their favourite once they’ve read them!

6. Lollies extracts

Don’t worry if you don’t have time to read all of the Lollies books or can’t afford to buy a pack for your classroom, we’re featuring double-page extracts from all twelve books on our website that could easily be used for a Lollies-themed lesson. Your students could decide their favourite based on looking at the different writing styles or characters. It is a quick and easy way to read parts of all four shortlisted books.

Time to vote!

Once you’ve chosen your favourite, it takes seconds to submit your vote online. Simply sign in, and select your class’s favourites – then click submit! If you don’t already have a Scholastic account, it only takes a couple of minutes to set one up for your school. And remember – every teacher gets automatically entered into a competition to win a class trip to the awards ceremony when they place their vote!


See more 6-8 years shortlist

6-8 years shortlist

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See more 9-13 years shortlist

9-13 years shortlist

See more Picture Book shortlist

Picture Book shortlist